The Complete IEP Guide: How to Advocate for Your Special Ed Child

The Complete IEP Guide: How to Advocate for Your Special Ed Child

by Lawrence Siegel
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The Complete IEP Guide: How to Advocate for Your Special Ed Child by Lawrence Siegel

The Individualized Education Program (IEP) determines the nuts and bolts of your child's special education. But it's easy to get lost in the paperwork and bureaucracy if you don't know your way through the intricacies of the system.

Nolo's acclaimed The Complete IEP Guide will guide you through the IEP process. The book provides all the plain-English instructions, suggestions, strategies, resources and forms you need to:

  • understand your child's rights
  • untangle eligibility rules and assessments
  • collect all school records
  • draft goals and objectives
  • pinpoint specific problems
  • develop a blueprint of program and services
  • research school programs and alternatives
  • prepare for IEP meetings
  • resolve disputes with your school district
  • and more

    The 5th edition is completely updated to reflect the latest--and major-- changes to the Individuals With Disabilities Act (IDEA), the law that governs special education and the IEP process.

    Whether you're new to the IEP process or entering it once again, this user-friendly guide is your outline for an effective educational experience for your child.

  • Product Details

    ISBN-13: 9781413309300
    Publisher: NOLO
    Publication date: 03/10/2009
    Pages: 384
    Product dimensions: 10.84(w) x 8.32(h) x 0.77(d)

    About the Author

    Lawrence Siegel has been a Special Education Attorney and Advocate since 1979, and has represented children with disabilities extensively in IEPs, due process, complaints, legal action and before legislative and policy bodies. Mr. Siegel has lectured and consulted with advocacy and parent groups throughout the country and is a member of the California Advisory Commission on Special Education. He has written special education legislation that has been adopted in several states and is the author of Least Restrictive Environment: The Paradox of Inclusion (LRP Publications, 1994). Mr. Siegel is the founder and Director of the National Deaf Education Project which works to ensure that the fundamental communication needs of deaf and hard of hearing children are part of the educational system. In 2004-5 he was appointed to an endowed chair at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. for his work as an advocate special education. He lives in Fairfax, California, with his wife Gail and two daughters, Catie and Elisabeth.

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    The Complete IEP Guide: How to Advocate for Your Special Ed Child 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    This book is too general and doesn't address the details of how to advocate through the system for your child's best interest.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This has been a fantastic reference to help us navigate through the red tape at our childs school. Every parent needs to know theirs and their childs rights!
    Amorzinha More than 1 year ago
    This book helped me through my toughest trials. I was able to get paperwork that I never thought I can get. This book also helped me through my meetings and gave me a better understanding of what I was getting into.
    southernbookworm More than 1 year ago
    As the parent of a deaf child, I re-read this every year in the days before the annual IEP meeting. While of course, not all the info is going to apply to every family's individual situation, this book definitely helps me to feel more prepared to advocate for my daughter.
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    This book goes a good job of explaining the process. It also tells which strategies work and which don't.